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Snowball Valley
Snowball valley
Location Snowflake Mountain
Requirement(s) 6 Golden Balloons (regular course),
14 Golden Balloons (Coin Challenge course)
Vehicle Type(s) Car & Hovercraft
Game(s) Diddy Kong Racing,
Diddy Kong Racing DS
First Appearance Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest Appearance Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)
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Snowball Valley is the seventh track in the game Diddy Kong Racing and its remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS. It is the third track of the second world, Snowflake Mountain. The default vehicle for this track is the Car. The Nintendo DS game version is largely the same as the original, though like the track before it, the water in the remake acts like normal water rather than causing players to bounce. Additionally, the key looks slightly different. The total of Golden Balloons needed to enter this course is six, and after defeating Bluey the Walrus the first time, the total to reenter and compete in the second challenge will increase to fourteen.

Course Layout[]

The starting line is located within a snowy canyon, the track almost immediately becomes forked leading down two very different paths. The right hand side continues on as a normal track and begins with a line of four balloons (two red and two green), the road is edged by water pools (the property of the water varies between the game versions). This path ends by launching the player over a cliff and into the titular valley of the track. The left path at the fork leads to an icy tunnel containing a blue balloon. The tunnel crosses the road the right path takes. Before coming out at the foot of the cliff the other path terminates at. Both paths end at the entrance to the valley; in the valley the players must evade gigantic snowballs that roll across the path. If a snowball makes contact with a player the character will be squished flat. The valley ends in a tunnel resembling an igloo (with colorful crystals inside) which will bring the player back to the starting line.

Coin Challenge Locations[]

Snowball valley map

Map of Snowball Valley showing Silver Coin locations.

Like other levels, Snowball Valley is filled with eight Silver Coins, scattered all around the area. The coins only appear after player has beaten Bluey the Walrus for the first time.

  1. At the start of the track before the fork, in the center.
  2. At the end of the right fork in the track, just before the player goes off cliff to the left.
  3. To the sharp right, on the wall of the valley, after exiting the ice tunnel.
  4. In the center of the wooden arch before the snowball valley properly begins, in front of the balloons.
  5. To the left of the valley before the igloo tunnel.
  6. The left of the track before the starting line.
  7. To the left of the fork in the track, at the entrance to the ice tunnel.
  8. To the right of the valley just after the wooden arch.

Key Location[]

There are two ways the key can be reached in this level: either by going immediately left upon starting the race or by veering off to the left after exiting the igloo tunnel after nearly completing a full circuit of the track. There is a small path to the left of the main track which terminates in an alcove containing the key for Snowflake Mountain.


  • Snowball Valley shares its music theme with the course Everfrost Peak also found in both games.
  • In the DS remake, Snowball Valley maintains its own musical theme.
Diddy Kong Racing (DS) Tracks
Dino Domain
Ancient LakeFossil CanyonJungle FallsHot Top VolcanoFire Mountain (T.T. Trial)Tricky's Course
Snowflake Mountain
Everfrost PeakWalrus CoveSnowball ValleyFrosty VillageIcicle Pyramid (T.T. Trial)Bluey's Course
Sherbet Island
Whale BayCrescent IslandPirate LagoonTreasure CavesDarkwater Beach (T.T. Trial)Bubbler's Course
Dragon Forest
Windmill PlainsGreenwood VillageBoulder CanyonHaunted WoodsSmokey Castle (T.T. Trial)Smokey's Course
Future Fun Land
Spacedust AlleyDarkmoon CavernsSpaceport AlphaStar City
DS Exclusive Unlockable Tracks
Thunder CoveMeandering MountSplashdown PassStrangled Shrine